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Accomplishments for 2017

 

The Chapter participated in 64 projects and events donating over 2,000 hours collectively. 

They were requested to provide 23 funeral missions: 33 flag lines and 9 escorts.

The Chapter attended the four Unaccompanied Veterans Memorial Services at Black Hills National Cemetery and the Vietnam Veterans Honoring Ceremony in April at BHNC.


By December 2017, the Chapter had 49 members.

 

Summary of projects and events from January through December:


  • The Chapter Christmas/New Year Party at the Lodge at Deadwood
  • Attended the District 1 oratorical scholarship contest
  • Participated in the National Salute to Veterans Patients at the Ft. Meade VA – visited patients and gave them gifts
  • Participated in the Legion Family membership drive at the Spearfish Optimist Club Home Show
  • Attended the Spring and Fall District 1 Meetings
  • Attended and MC the 2nd Annual Spearfish Legion Ball
  • Provided First Aid/CPR training with an emphasis on motorcycle safety
  • Gave 10 CD players and country music for the recreational room at the Ft. Meade VA
  • Donated a $300 memorial for Charter member Debbie Turner towards the renovations of the Senior Center kitchen – Participated in the Dedication of the new kitchen
  • Participated in young veteran, single mother of two, Amanda Voisin fundraiser at Crow Peak Brewery to help with expenses for her treatment in Omaha, NE.
  • Flag etiquette in Black Hawk
  • Flag etiquette for 200 first graders at West Elementary, Spearfish with the collaboration of the Spearfish Honor Guard
  • Set-up flags for the Avenue of Flags at the Black Hills National Cemetery before Memorial Day
  • Decorated 250+ veterans graves at the Spearfish Rose Hill Cemetery
  • Participated in four local Memorial Day ceremonies, MC, and flag line
  • Attended the BHNC Memorial Day Ceremony
  • Participated in the Arlington, WV, Patriot Ride with Post 177
  • Participated in the Laying of the Wreath to the Unknown Soldier at the Arlington National Cemetery
  • Participated in the XXXth Rolling Thunder remembering all POW/MIA, Washington, D.C.
  • Participated in the Memorial Day ceremony in Cumberland, MD
  • Provided the POW/MIA Ceremony of the White Table at the State Convention
  • Provide the Honor Guard on Flag Day for the Baseball Post 164 Military Appreciation night
  • Attended the Pvt. Peter Thompson history talk at the High Palins Western Heritage Center, Spearfish
  • Co-planned, flag raising and opening ceremony, led the Realtors for Kids (RFK) Poker Run to help children in the local areas
  • Donated lip Baum, mouthwash and hygene items to the Ft. Meade VA
  • Paid half of the display for the Congressional Medal of Honor for Pvt. Peter Thompson at the High Plains Western Heritage Center, Spearfish
  • Prepared an Independence Day Baby Basket – no babies were born on July 4th. The basket will be given for the first baby born on or close to July 4th 2018
  • Participated in the Independence Day Parade in Spearfish
  • Chapter independence Day BBQ at Nelson’s
  • Organized and worked the Spearfish Festival in the Park
  • Raised flags at the Buffalo Chip for the rally
  • Participated in the Bishop Ride
  • Participated in the DAV Poker Run
  • “Flags for Fallen Vets” at Black Hills National Cemetery
  • Provided food and snacks for the first responders at the Spearfish Ambulance Services during the Sturgis Rally
  • Participated in the opening ceremony of the Sturgis Rally
  • Participated in the 6th Annual Poker Run for the Kenadi Weis Foundation and The Spearfish Monument
  • Participated in the Freedom Ride raising money for the Legacy Scholarship, Hot Springs
  • Planned and participated in the BHSU Jacket Ride to raise money for veteran scholarship
  • Participated in Jacket Ride Scholarship award to a young BHSU veteran, active duty, father of three young children
  • Provided National Anthem proper etiquette for the BHSU football team with other veteran organizations
  • Attended the Remember 9/11 First Responders at the Spearfish Fire Station
  • Participated in the BHSU Swarm Day parade
  • Welcome the BHSU football team on Swarm Day weekend and line up for the National Anthem
  • Organized the 3rd Annual Borbely Memorial Breakfast and Ride to benefit the education of the Borbely’s children and a swing set for the young children of late Amanda Voisin
  • Organized and participated in the Patriot Day Trapshoot, fundraiser for the Spearfish Post 164
  • Provided the POW/MIA Ceremony for the National Day of Remembrance, the third Friday of September for 600+ students, grades 3-5, at the Spearfish Creekside Elementary School
  • Participated in the flag line and guest speaker (Mike Kain) for the “Hero Appreciation” All Military, Law Enforcement, Firefighter, and EMS personnel, at the October 14th BHSU Football Game
  • Prepared and participated at the Northern Hills Training Center Community Chili Feed to help raise funds for activities benefiting disabled adults in residence
  • Helped with the Flag raising and Flag etiquette at the Piedmont Valley Elementary School
  • Participated in the Ft. Meade VA Oktoberfest
  • Escorted Sgt. Iyotte, Korean War MIA-POW returning to SD after 66 years, from Rapid City, through the reservations, to his final destination in White River. 450 miles, 16 hours
  • Posted Colors at the opening ceremony of the State EMS Convention
  • Led the first day of the USS-South Dakota Submarine Flag Relay from Sturgis to Pierre
  • Participated in the Safe Halloween with the Spearfish Legion Family
  • Donated 300+ emergency blankets for the Rapid City Stand Down, helping 283 veterans
  • Provided the Posting of colors, Service Flags presentation and retiring of the Colors at the Spearfish Middle School Veterans Day Program
  • Attended the Creekside Third Grade Poems and Songs for Veterans Day
  • Provide the Flag Line for the Veterans Day program at the High Plains Western Heritage Center
  • Did the POW/MIA ceremony for the Spearfish Veterans Day dinner
  • Organized and provided flag line and pinning of service emblems for 15 veterans at the Massa Nursing Wing of the Sturgis Regional Hospital
  • Helped take the flags down after Veterans Day for safe storage, at the BHNC
  • Prepared and presented the “Who, What, and Why” of the Black Hills Chapter of the American Legion Riders to the Spearfish Rotary Club
  • Attended the Legislative Roundtable in Rapid City 


Accomplishments for 2016

 

01/01/2018 Report is in Progress and will be posted ASAP.   

     

Accomplishments for 2015

 

  • Donated 1080 hours of collective service to veterans and community
  • Participated in 34 projects/events
  • Provided 15 flag lines/escorts for funerals in the local area
  • Visited long-term care residents for Valentine’s Day at Ft. Meade VA, Sturgis to give socks, bags of fruits and cards
  • Participated at the Christmas Program at Ft. Meade VA, Sturgis
  • Provided an ice cream social at Ft. Meade VA, Sturgis
  • Recruited new members when participating at the Spearfish Optimist Home Show; won the People’s Choice Award for the booth
  • Provided a flag etiquette program to 190 first graders at West elementary in Spearfish including a folding ceremony with the collaboration of the Honor Guard
  • Provided a flag etiquette to 45 preschoolers in Sturgis with a flag folding ceremony to launch their study of the Pledge of Allegiance
  • Provided a flag folding and flag raising at the Piedmont Valley Elementary School
  • Conducted the initial flag raising ceremony at the new Sturgis Indian Motorcycle building in Sturgis, SD
  • Conducted the flag raising ceremony for 500 students at Creekside Elementary to start their Safety Day
  • Helped replace a 60’ x 80’ (very large) flag at Camping World in Summerset, SD
  • Decorated 250 plus veterans’ graves with an American flag for Memorial Day
  • Participated in Memorial Day ceremonies at four area cemeteries
  • Raised the Flags at the Black Hills National Cemetery on Memorial Day
  • Helped take down the flags at the Black Hills National Cemetery after Veterans Day
  • Organized a poker run to benefit the American Legion Legacy Scholarship Trust Fund
  • Performed Honor Guard duties for the South Dakota Emergency Medical Services Association
  • Performed Honor Guard duties for the "Relay for Life" event in Spearfish, SD  
  • Conducted the POW/MIA Ceremony of Remembrance for the South Dakota American Legion  Department Convention
  • Conducted the POW/MIA Ceremony of Remembrance for the American Legion District 1 Spring meeting
  • Conducted the POW/MIA Ceremony of Remembrance for the Deadwood Business Salute to our Veterans’ Day
  • Provided the display of the POW/MIA Ceremony of Remembrance for 500 students grades 3 – 5 for the POW/MIA National Remembrance Day
  • Conducted the POW/MIA Ceremony of Remembrance for the Spearfish Veterans Dinner
  • Participated in the Black Hills Roundup Parade in Belle Fourche on July 4th
  • Participated in the Black Hills State University Jacket Ride helping to raise funds for veterans scholarships at the University
  • Organized a BBQ for veterans and riders during the Sturgis Rally
  • Participated in the Black Hills State University Swarm Day Parade and Homecoming
  • Coordinated a breakfast fundraiser with game of golf and ride for one of our riders; Robert “Borb” Borbely killed in a motorcycle accident leaving behind his wife and 3 children. A check for $1,100 was given to the family and $1,000 to a fellow rider diagnosed with cancer
  • Participated in a chili cook-off to support the Northern Hills Training Center
  • Attended the unveiling ceremony for the inauguration of the first wall at the Spearfish Veterans Monument
  • Participated in the Spearfish Middle School Veterans Program for Veterans’ Day providing a flag line of service flags
  • Participated in the Belle Fourche Middle School Veterans Day program – presentation of the service flags
  • Participated in the Piedmont Valley Elementary School
 

Accomplishments for 2014

  • Provided 13 flag lines/escorts for funerals in the local area

  • Visited long-term care residents for Valentine’s Day at Ft. Meade VA, Sturgis to give socks, bags of fruits and cards

  • Recruited 7 new members when participating at the Spearfish Optimist Home Show; won the People’s Choice Award for the booth

  • Provided a flag etiquette program to 190 first graders at West elementary in Spearfish including a folding ceremony with the collaboration of the Honor Guard

  • Participated in the flag raising ceremony of the new flag pole at St. Thomas More Catholic School in Rapid City

  • Conducted the flag raising ceremony for 500 students at Creekside elementary to start their Safety Day

  • Escorted the American Legion National Commander Dan Dellinger during his visit in the Black Hills

  • Conducted the POW/MIA ceremony of remembrance for the National Commander’s dinner

  • Decorated veterans’ grave with an American flag for Memorial Day

  • Provided a safety training pre-summer rides

  • Organized a Poker Run to benefit the Legacy Scholarship Trust Fund

  • Performed Honor Guard duties for the Relay for Life event in Spearfish

  • Conducted the POW/MIA ceremony of remembrance for the American Legion Department Convention in Pierre

  • Participated in the Black Hills Roundup Parade in Belle Fourche and won the Grand Marshall Award

  • Explained and conducted the POW/MIA ceremony of remembrance for 500 students grades 3 – 5 for the POW/MIA National Remembrance Day

  • Participated in the BHSU Jacket Ride raising funds for scholarship for BHSU veteran

  • Provided a US flag escort and road guards for the BHSU Jacket Ride

  • Participated in the BHSU Swarm Day Parade and Homecoming

  • Coordinated a breakfast fundraiser with game of golf and ride for a young veteran killed in a motorcycle accident leaving behind 4 children. A check for $1,100 was given to the family

  • Participated in the Chili Cook-off to support the Northern Hills Training Center

  • Conducted the flag raising ceremony for the inauguration of the flag pole at the Spearfish Veteran Monument

  • Stood a flag line with service flags for the inauguration of the new flag pole at the Spearfish Veteran Monument

  • Participated in the Spearfish Middle School Veterans Program for Veterans’ Day providing a flag line of service flags and guest speaker (Mike Kain)

  • Conducted a POW/MIA ceremony of remembrance for Veterans’ Day at the Dorsett Healthcare (20 veterans are residents)

  • Participated in the BSHU President  Jackson’s inauguration - 15 veterans were recognized during the ceremony

  • Conducted the POW/MIA ceremony of remembrance for the Deadwood Business Salute to our Veterans’ Day


                                                   
 

Accomplishments for 2014

  • Provided 13 flag lines/escorts for funerals in the local area

  • Visited long-term care residents for Valentine’s Day at Ft. Meade VA, Sturgis to give socks, bags of fruits and cards

  • Recruited 7 new members when participating at the Spearfish Optimist Home Show; won the People’s Choice Award for the booth

  • Provided a flag etiquette program to 190 first graders at West elementary in Spearfish including a folding ceremony with the collaboration of the Honor Guard

  • Participated in the flag raising ceremony of the new flag pole at St. Thomas More Catholic School in Rapid City

  • Conducted the flag raising ceremony for 500 students at Creekside elementary to start their Safety Day

  • Escorted the American Legion National Commander Dan Dellinger during his visit in the Black Hills

  • Conducted the POW/MIA ceremony of remembrance for the National Commander’s dinner

  • Decorated veterans’ grave with an American flag for Memorial Day

  • Provided a safety training pre-summer rides

  • Organized a Poker Run to benefit the Legacy Scholarship Trust Fund

  • Performed Honor Guard duties for the Relay for Life event in Spearfish

  • Conducted the POW/MIA ceremony of remembrance for the American Legion Department Convention in Pierre

  • Participated in the Black Hills Roundup Parade in Belle Fourche and won the Grand Marshall Award

  • Explained and conducted the POW/MIA ceremony of remembrance for 500 students grades 3 – 5 for the POW/MIA National Remembrance Day

  • Participated in the BHSU Jacket Ride raising funds for scholarship for BHSU veteran

  • Provided a US flag escort and road guards for the BHSU Jacket Ride

  • Participated in the BHSU Swarm Day Parade and Homecoming

  • Coordinated a breakfast fundraiser with game of golf and ride for a young veteran killed in a motorcycle accident leaving behind 4 children. A check for $1,100 was given to the family

  • Participated in the Chili Cook-off to support the Northern Hills Training Center

  • Conducted the flag raising ceremony for the inauguration of the flag pole at the Spearfish Veteran Monument

  • Stood a flag line with service flags for the inauguration of the new flag pole at the Spearfish Veteran Monument

  • Participated in the Spearfish Middle School Veterans Program for Veterans’ Day providing a flag line of service flags and guest speaker (Mike Kain)

  • Conducted a POW/MIA ceremony of remembrance for Veterans’ Day at the Dorsett Healthcare (20 veterans are residents)

  • Participated in the BSHU President  Jackson’s inauguration - 15 veterans were recognized during the ceremony

  • Conducted the POW/MIA ceremony of remembrance for the Deadwood Business Salute to our Veterans’ Day


                                                   
 

Accomplishments for 2014

  • Provided 13 flag lines/escorts for funerals in the local area

  • Visited long-term care residents for Valentine’s Day at Ft. Meade VA, Sturgis to give socks, bags of fruits and cards

  • Recruited 7 new members when participating at the Spearfish Optimist Home Show; won the People’s Choice Award for the booth

  • Provided a flag etiquette program to 190 first graders at West elementary in Spearfish including a folding ceremony with the collaboration of the Honor Guard

  • Participated in the flag raising ceremony of the new flag pole at St. Thomas More Catholic School in Rapid City

  • Conducted the flag raising ceremony for 500 students at Creekside elementary to start their Safety Day

  • Escorted the American Legion National Commander Dan Dellinger during his visit in the Black Hills

  • Conducted the POW/MIA ceremony of remembrance for the National Commander’s dinner

  • Decorated veterans’ grave with an American flag for Memorial Day

  • Provided a safety training pre-summer rides

  • Organized a Poker Run to benefit the Legacy Scholarship Trust Fund

  • Performed Honor Guard duties for the Relay for Life event in Spearfish

  • Conducted the POW/MIA ceremony of remembrance for the American Legion Department Convention in Pierre

  • Participated in the Black Hills Roundup Parade in Belle Fourche and won the Grand Marshall Award

  • Explained and conducted the POW/MIA ceremony of remembrance for 500 students grades 3 – 5 for the POW/MIA National Remembrance Day

  • Participated in the BHSU Jacket Ride raising funds for scholarship for BHSU veteran

  • Provided a US flag escort and road guards for the BHSU Jacket Ride

  • Participated in the BHSU Swarm Day Parade and Homecoming

  • Coordinated a breakfast fundraiser with game of golf and ride for a young veteran killed in a motorcycle accident leaving behind 4 children. A check for $1,100 was given to the family

  • Participated in the Chili Cook-off to support the Northern Hills Training Center

  • Conducted the flag raising ceremony for the inauguration of the flag pole at the Spearfish Veteran Monument

  • Stood a flag line with service flags for the inauguration of the new flag pole at the Spearfish Veteran Monument

  • Participated in the Spearfish Middle School Veterans Program for Veterans’ Day providing a flag line of service flags and guest speaker (Mike Kain)

  • Conducted a POW/MIA ceremony of remembrance for Veterans’ Day at the Dorsett Healthcare (20 veterans are residents)

  • Participated in the BSHU President  Jackson’s inauguration - 15 veterans were recognized during the ceremony

  • Conducted the POW/MIA ceremony of remembrance for the Deadwood Business Salute to our Veterans’ Day


                                                   

Accomplishments for 2013:

  •  Provided eight funeral escorts in the local area
  • Sponsored a Valentine visit with gifts to the Ft. Meade VA hospital

  • All members became certified in First Aid & CPR

  • Coordinated a poker run with the local ambulances services

  • Participated in the escort of the Vietnam Wall replica from the Nebraska border to Hot Springs

  • Participated in the Fall River County Freedom Ride

  • Participated in four July 4th Parades; winning first place in the Belle Fourche Round-up Parade Riders class

  • Hosted a July 4th picnic at the Nelson’s

  • Provided a BBQ for riders, veterans, friends and family the Tuesday of the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally

  • Enjoyed the annual BBQ at Patrick’s cabin outside of Sundance, Wyoming

  • Participated and assisted with the 2nd Annual SPC Dennis G. Jensen Memorial Ride

  • Donation to the Legacy Scholarship Trust Fund at the National Convention,

  • Participated in the Children’s Miracle Network Ride

  • Helped carry flags of fallen heroes for Patriot Day in Belle Fourche, South Dakota

  • Supported the BHSU Yellow Jackets Vets Club Trapshooting Fundraiser

  • Participated in the BHSU Swarm Day Parade

  • Participated and assisted with the Veterans Labor Day Ride raising funds for the Wagner veterans

  • Adopted Elissa as their “Make-a-Difference Day” project and build an outdoor shed, cleaned the yard and garage

  • Participated in Veterans’ Day programs, parades, and conducted the White Table Ceremony in remembrance of our POW/MIA

  • Enjoyed their annual Christmas in Piedmont

  • Organized and enjoyed group rides and dinner rides 


 




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Micheline Nelson presenting our check for the Legacy Run Scholarship to National Commander Koutz.

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